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Postgame: thoughts from Duke's 74-55 win vs. Georgia State

Duke forward Mason Plumlee took more shots than any other Blue Devils player, and that's how Mike Krzyzewski wants it. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

DURHAM—Like Mason Plumlee tipping in misses during a rebounding drill, here's a few quick hits right before I leave Cameron: 

***Georgia State head coach Ron Hunter wasn’t down on his team after the game. But he summed up the difference between the two squads nicely.

“They’ve got McDonald’s guys, and we’ve got Burger King guys,” he said.

The analogy continued.

Duke beats Georgia State 74-55 in opener

 

10:50 p.m. update

DURHAM—In Duke’s opening game in the season, there were a few notable surprises.

The outcome, though, was not one of them.

The Blue Devils (1-0) were able to easily dispatch Georgia State 74-55. The Panthers (0-1) trailed by 10 at halftime, and a 15-6 Duke run at the beginning of the second half essentially put the game out of reach. Mason Plumlee, the previously announced centerpiece of the offense, led the team with 19 points and 14 rebounds. The overall personnel the Blue Devils used to earn the victory, though, would have been hard to predict before the opening tip.

Game preview: Duke vs. Georgia State

Duke will be counting on Rasheed Sulaimon for both lockdown defense and dribble-drive ability on offense. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

Note: click here for links to our Duke-specific season preview content. Also, click here to read Tuesday's story about Seth Curry's injury status. As noted below, Curry is projected to start. 

Georgia State at Duke

When: 7 p..m

Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham

TV/Radio: ESPNU/102.9 FM

Projected Starting lineups:

2012-13 Duke basketball preview

 

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has repeatedly said Mason Plumlee is one of the best players in the country. That story, and a few others, are in the N&O's ACC hoops preview section today. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

It's here. Basketball season is here.

The N&O's preview section hits doorsteps today, but, on the off-chance that it's not hitting your doorstep, here's a rundown of all the Duke content that's hot off the presses.

Rewind: Duke vs. Winston-Salem State

 

Mason Plumlee paced Duke with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Winston-Salem State. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

DURHAM—Duke's defense made the difference as the team's new-found length stymied Winston-Salem State in a 69-45 victory. 

Check out the game story, as well as a few other observations below:

The epigraph:

"There were times during the game where, offensively and defensively, it wasn't clicking. But it's another step, and when we put everything together we believe we are going to be really good." —Ryan Kelly

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